NEWS
05/02/2012 09:11 GMT | Updated 06/04/2012 06:12 BST

Derby County Nottingham Forest Game Cancelled Due To Cold

The cold spell continued to hit sports fixtures today as Derby County's npower Championship match with local rivals Nottingham Forest was postponed on safety grounds.

The match was due to kick off at 12.15pm, but heavy snow last night left roads and pavements around the ground dangerous, and the club called off the fixture after discussions with the match officials, police, the Football League and Forest.

Derby chief executive Tom Glick told the club's website: "The pitch is fine and inside the stadium is safe and dry.

"However, the roads throughout the city and county are unsafe. This is the biggest match of the year for our supporters and we wouldn't want anyone to miss it because they had difficulty getting to Pride Park Stadium."

In racing, the all-weather flat fixture at Kempton was abandoned because of snow.

An inspection had been called for 8am following a forecast for heavy snow, and 6cm fell overnight at the Sunbury track.

The jumps fixture at Musselburgh was also called off because of frost.

Yesterday Portsmouth against Hull and Doncaster against Reading in the Championship were postponed because of the weather while a number of other lower-league contests were called off.